Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is no longer the sole domain of leading-edge private enterprises. Nearly 80% of white-collar workers in the United States use a mobile device for work and approximately 95% of IT organizations allow use of employee-owned devices in some way. Piggybacking on its popularity in the private sector, federal and state government agencies are keen on bringing BYOD into their operations as well.
However, the preference for using personal devices over government-issued assets creates a set of new challenges for IT managers and government business leaders. This paper highlights key challenges facing government IT administrators in a BYOD environment-and discusses steps and strategies for network preparation, ongoing support, and securing information to enable widespread adoption of personal device use, while enhancing data security.